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Day 1 :: Departure + Jericho - Bethlehem
Meeting at Terminal 3 at 05.00 AM for a direct flight to Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to Jericho in the West Bank, believed to be the oldest continuous settlement in the world. In Biblical history it is famous for the episode, that the walls of Jericho felt down, after the Israelites under Joshua played their trumpets. Next we take cable car to the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil. From the Greek Orthodox monastery, we will enjoy panoramic views of the area. Further on to old Sycamore Tree, where the tax collector Zacchaeus climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus. If time permits we will visit the Islamic remains of Hisham’s Palace from the 8th century.
Drive to Bethlehem, a town with a Palestinian Christian community. See the Shepherds Fields in Beth-Sahour, then arrive at Manger Square and the ancient Church of the Nativity. Here St. Hieronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible, the Volgata. On the way we will see a part of the 700 km long Separation Wall, dividing the West Bank and Israel, used as graffiti wall, with its world-famous Banksy graffiti and take a sneak peek inside Walled Off Hotel. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 2 :: Jerusalem – City of David – Christianity – Bethlehem
Half an hour drive to reach Jerusalem. We will start our day at the City of David, believed to be the oldest populated part of Jerusalem and an archaeological site. Proceed to Mt. of Olives for a panorama view of the old city, divided into the Jewish, the Christian, the Armenian and the Muslim quarter. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested. We follow Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, until the Church of the Holy Sepulchres. The church marks the spot where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Overnight Bethlehem.
Day 3 :: Jerusalem Islam and Judaism – Mahane Yehuda Market
Check-out from hotel. Depending on authorities visit to the Temple Mount, known as Haram El Sharif. We will see the Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, two of the most important Islamic sanctuaries. From the Temple Mount Prophet Mohammad ascent to heaven.
Walk in the old city, colonnaded streets dating back to the Romans, running from north to south in the old city. We continue along Souq Az Zeit to the Damascus Gate, built in its form by Suleiman the Magnificent.
End the day at Mahane Yehuda market, where you can watch the locals shop, smell the culinary delights of the little cafes.
Flight back home at midnight, arrival 04 AM Terminal 3.
SUKKOT is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the time when the Israelites wandered in the desert after their exodus from Egypt. It is a week-long festival that typically takes place in September or October. During Sukkot, people build temporary huts called sukkahs and celebrate by eating, drinking, and even sleeping in them. On this edition of the trip, we will have occasion to sneak peak on the celebrations.
Grade: Easy, available to everyone.
Room & Meals: 4 star hotel, double sharing. All meals included.
Cost: 4190 AED INCL. flights. Single room 100 USD extra.
Visa: Most of nationalities can get visa on arrival.
If you re not eligible for visa on arrival, you ll need to address Israeli embassy for recently introduced visa for UAE residents.
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